One hundred and fifty years ago today, Ambrose Powell Hill saved Lee’s right flank at Antietam with a daring counter-attack against fellow Amborse and fellow beard legend, Ambrose Burnside. Hill was known to don a fiery red shirt in battle to match his bold personality. He died one week before Lee’s surrender in 1865.
Lafayette McLaws had a great big bushy beard.
Born in Georgia, McLaws rose to divisional command under James Longstreet in the Army of Northern Virginia. In many ways, McLaws’ service mirrored that of Longstreet’s. Continue reading
Marsena Patrick exhibited supreme organizational skill in his role as provost marshal and in maintaining his perfectly coiffed beard.
In October 1862, General McClellan assigned Patrick to the post of provost marshal general in the Army of the Potomac. He was tasked with a wide array of responsibilities including Continue reading
Known as “Old Baldy” to his friends, Ewell’s beard and head form a series of peaks and ridges similar to those of the battle lines at Gettysburg.
Richard Ewell fought fiercely under Stonewall Jackson in the Valley Campaign and lost a leg in the aftermath of Continue reading
The thin wisps at the extremity of Alpheus Starkey Williams’ mustache are not unlike the thinly spread lines along the extreme right flank of the Union Army at Gettysburg.
Williams spent much of the war in the Army of the Potomac culminating in his gallant defense of Culp’s Hill Continue reading
James Ewell Brown Stuart sported a cape and ostrich-plumed hat to cultivate a brash image to match his battlefield actions. His beard may be the most understated thing about him.
As a Calvary commander under Lee, Stuart earned a series of dynamic successes in the War’s first half. Continue reading